Basic: Adobe Illustrator for Merch by Amazon

The basics on learning how to use Adobe Illustrator to create designs for Merch by Amazon
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  • Lectures 16
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 11/2015 English

Course Description

Adobe Illustrator for Merch by Amazon is an Illustrator course for creating graphic designs for Amazon's newest platform for content creators, Merch by Amazon. This course is aimed at the beginner and those new to Adobe Illustrator, as such this course runs at a slower pace, and explains the process in detail.

As this course is designed for the Merch by Amazon platform, you will learn how to customize the Illustrator interface and save the layout with only the tools you need to complete the course and avoid distractions. This custom layout will be available to you every time you open Illustrator, so you can quickly get to work making your Merch by Amazon designs.

Some of the hottest selling t-shirts are just designs with simple text or a basic graphic with text. In this course, students will learn how to create this type of design from beginning to end. Once a student completes this course they will know how to create a file with Amazon’s required image requirements (dimensions and resolution) and know how to get it uploaded to the Merch by Amazon website.

With this custom workspace, this course will show you how to quickly get started importing graphics and creating and manipulating that image with text. Before you complete the course, you will preview your creation with different colored backgrounds to see what your design would look like on different colored t-shirts.

What are the requirements?

  • Students will need Adobe Illustrator for the lessons
  • The videos in this course were created using Adobe Illustrator CC 2015

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 14 lessons and 37 minutes of content!
  • Create a new document, pan and zoom around a canvas in Illustrator
  • Setup a custom workspace (interface) with just the pallets you need to complete the lessons
  • Import a image and manipulate it (resize, reposition)
  • Create text and manipulate it (colors, resize, reposition, etc)
  • Save your document
  • Export your design to PNG format in Merch by Amazon's required dimensions/resolution
  • Upload your design to the Merch by Amazon platform
  • Create a design from start to finish completely with Adobe Illustrator and get it uploaded to Merch by Amazon without needing to use Photoshop!

Who is the target audience?

  • Take this course if you need the basics on Adobe Illustrator for creating t-shirt designs
  • This course is aimed at the beginner who is new to Adobe Illustrator

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction to Adobe Illustrator for Merch by Amazon

An introduction to your course instructor, Brandon Ortega


A discussion about how I feel Adobe Illustrator is a far easier to learn software then Adobe Photoshop. In this video, I show you how intuitive it is.


I explain what resolution is and a little bit about scaling up an image to better explain raster, in Photoshop. Then I go into Adobe Illustrator to explain what vector is and how to use it.

Section 2: Exploring and Customizing the Interface for Merch by Amazon

The Welcome Window is the first thing you see when you open Adobe Illustrator. I tell you about this window and show you how to keep it from popping up everytime (to avoid distraction!).


In this lesson I show you how to set up Adobe Illustrator's interfere to have only the pallets you need on the screen to complete the lesson. This will make your work a lot more efficient for designing for Merch by Amazon.

Section 3: Creating and Maneuvering Around a New Document for Merch by Amazon

I show you how to create a New Document with Merch by Amazon's required dimensions and resolution. This is important because Adobe Illustrator uses PPI instead of DPI. This means required pixels dimensions are different then the required dimensions for Adobe Photoshop.


A little talk about the canvas and the work area for designing. I show you how to pan around and zoom in and out of the document.

Section 4: Creating and Using Text & Graphics for Merch by Amazon

In this lesson you will learn how to get a downloaded image into Adobe Illustrator


In this lesson you will learn selecting, deleting, moving and resizing an image inside of Adobe Illustrator


In this lesson you will learn how to creating text as well as resizing, coloring, outlining and changing fonts


A quick lesson on Layers which are basically just a stacking order in Adobe Illustrator. Every object can go in front of or behind another object.


This lesson is a continuation of the prior lesson. You will see more text manipulation as well as learn how to group object together for easier handling.


Before uploading your design to Merch by Amazon, I show you how to create temporary colored backgrounds to see how your design looks with different t-shirt colors. This is a good way to double check your designs color scheme against different t-shirt color and make final changes before uploading.

Section 5: Saving an Editable File & Exporting to Merch by Amazon's dimensions

In this lesson I show you how to save your working file so you have an editable copy to come back to if you ever need it. After that, I show you how to export to Merch by Amazon's required PNG format.


I show you how to upload your exported design to Merch by Amazon

Section 6: UPDATE on Dimensions and Exporting (aka Saving) to PNG
File dimensions and Exporting to PNG [Supercedes the method from prior lessons]

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Instructor Biography

Merch Maniacs, Merch Maniacs is here!

Merch Maniacs is a new venture started in late 2015, inspired and motivated by the new opportunities that Merch By Amazon have brought about.

With a combined total of over 25 years of graphic design knowledge and experience. Michael Goldberg and Brandon Ortega teamed up to create a comprehensive video series for learning basic to advanced design in Adobe products, especially Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator CC.

Brandon Ortega is an entrepreneur and reseller who has been selling on eBay for over 10 years and Amazon for almost 3 years. With over 10 years of design experience, Brandon is proficient in Adobe Photoshop and highly skilled in Adobe Illustrator. Brandon enjoys helping the Amazon reseller community and has established business services in providing quality services to automate a sellers business.

Michael Goldberg [BIO coming soon]...

With the new Merch by Amazon service that Amazon is providing, Michael Goldberg and Brandon Ortega can utilize their extensive graphic design knowledge to help sellers learn the skills they need to be able to create their own graphics as opposed to having to outsource.

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